Prince Charles Awarded Highest Military Ranks

  June 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm by

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The Princes of Wales has been awarded the highest rank in all three military services by the Queen. The Prince becomes a Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet and Marshal of the Royal Air Force. The Queen has appointed Prince Charles honorary five-star rank in all three services to acknowledge his support in her role as Commander-in-Chief.

Only one other member of the Royal Family holds similar distinction – the Duke of Edinburgh. In addition, Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent is a Field Marshal. The Prince of Wales’ son and heir, the Duke of Cambridge, had also been given a high honour by the Queen recently: he had been appointed a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle .

The tradition of promoting service chiefs to five-star ranks was stopped in 1995; at the time, a report suggested abolishing them as part of recommendations for financial savings. They are now reserved for special circumstances.

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